Rob Liefeld has announced his newest upcoming project. Via his Liefeld Creations website, Liefeld related new details about "The Covenant," a series with a "Biblical twist" that follows "a daring raid to retrieve The Ark of the Covenant." Characterized as a "Sword and Sandals" series by Liefeld, he emphasized that the story of "The Covenant" isn't in the Bible at all, and that readers would be seeing it for the first time in the upcoming comic.
"Long before it was 'Raided" and "Lost' with Indiana Jones, the Ark of the Covenant was originally stolen from the Israelites by The Philistines," Liefeld wrote. "The Ark of the Covenant was the nuclear bomb of its age, when activated it was devastating. Enemies of Israel feared the sight of The Ark and here we find a bold General and a superstitious High Priest of Dagon who decide to take the Ark and utilize it for their own purposes. The Covenant tells the story of the youngest Judge of Israel, Samuel, as he dares to steal into the Capitol City of The Philistines and retrieve it. He selects a small band of warriors and mercenaries to make what is essentially, a suicide mission to secure the most sacred and holy artifact in Hebrew history, hidden deep inside a pagan Temple. The Philistines were foragers of steel, possessing superior weaponry than all their enemies, they also have a family of Giants, the brothers of Goliath, that Samuel and his men must contend with."
Joining Liefeld on the 2015 title is new artist Matt Horak, who will serve as both penciler and inker. Liefeld will provide covers for the series. While the creator disclosed many new details about "The Covenant," there was no indication of which company would publish, though Liefeld did state that "an announcement from the publisher is forthcoming."
Of course, this isn't the first time Liefeld has produced a comic with -- as he puts it -- a "Biblical twist." Liefeld's "Armageddon Now," written with pastor Phil Hotsenpiller, had its roots in Biblical prophecy.
"I have been a fan of biblical prophecy my entire life, dating back to a series of films about the 'End Times' that started with 'Thief in the Night' in the mid-seventies," Liefeld told CBR News in 2008. "That film had three sequels, all of which depicted life on Earth following the biblical Rapture and the rise of the Anti-Christ. I had picked up the 'Left Behind' books early on but while I was pleased that they existed and that they connected with such a massive audience, I thought they were pretty boring."